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Danielle Gibson: Writer & Director

Danielle Gibson is an Afro Latina writer & director based in Los Angeles with an MFA in Film Directing from Chapman University ‘21. She received her undergraduate degree in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University. Currently, she works as the Administrative and Operations Specialist in California Institute of the Art’s School of Theater as well as a freelance director for web series, documentaries, short films & music videos. She specializes in highly stylized comedies & satires that visualize black girl magic through magical realism. She often explores political topics while making them light, fun, yet candid. 

Previously Danielle has worked for the Woman and Minorities in Media Festival (WAMMFest), The Maryland Film Festival, and The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and for Knight Takes King Productions LLC on their 6th season of House of Cards, as their receptionist. 

Her short film, Plan Bee screened at the Creative Minds Marketing Block at Festival de Cannes. She received the Leo Friedman Award from Chapman University to support her graduate thesis Red Velvet, which  screened at The Pan African Film Festival, The American Black Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival, Latinos of Mixed Ancestry Film Festival (where it won the Theme Award), and The CAA Moebius Showcase. It is now available on American Airlines in-flight entertainment. 

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Shu Sugarman Chang: Producer

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Haobo Wang: Director of Photography

Haobo Wang is a cinematographer who has worked on a wide range of feature films, commercials, shorts and documentaries. New ideas and technologies excite him to keep pushing the art of filmmaking forward. With a skill-set beyond cinematography, Haobo has color grading projects for brands such as Google, GQ, L’OREAL. His narrative color work “Yun” has been nominated for 2020 Cannes International Film Festival.

Yi Roy Yang: Editor

As a current graduate student in Dodge at Chapman University, Yi Roy Yang specializes in Editing and Post-Production. Roy got a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Business Administration in University of Miami. His works as the editor have won or got nominated in various awards. Meme Boy, the series he edited, has been nominated for Best Editing in Miami Web Fest. Stay, has won Best Narrative Film in 2020 Cross Strait Film Festival. He believes that editing is not a process but a mindset.

Angel Anqi Gu: 1st Assistant Director

Angel Anqi Gu is a filmmaker and screenwriter based in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her latest work A Collaboration discusses the relationship between artists, the art world and artworks. Both the narrative residing in her videos and writings are often used as tools to explore human relationships such as power dynamics and family interactions, and social issues such as censorship.

Cindy Xin: 1st Assistant Director

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Gabe Braden: Casting Director

Gabe Braden is an LA-based producer and casting director with over 100 casting credits from the last 18 months. He was a junior at Chapman University, majoring in Film Production, but has recently taken time off to launch his casting company, Matchbox Casting and work as a PA on American Horror Story. Other than producing and casting, Gabe has also written and directed 10 award-winning short films that have been accepted into seventy-seven national and International film festivals.

Quinn Foster: Choreographer

Quinn Foster was born and raised in Northern California where she began her journey with dance. She then went on to earn her BFA in dance performance with a minor in Peace Studies from Chapman University. Outside of the University, Quinn has had the opportunity to train with notable choreographers and performers such as Bobbi Jene Smith, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley and Christian Burns at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and has been highly influenced by each of them. She is currently dancing professionally as a freelance artist and choreographer in Los Angeles, CA. She loves working in film and has been on various projects with artists like Neal Francis and Z Begs to name a few. Quinn also adores collaborating with musicians, on film or for live performance, to create new work. She has most recently performed at Zebulon, Highland Park Bowl, and the Ace Hotel DTLA with artist Lucola Bang. Quinn advocates for dance and loves it deeply for the space it creates for magic, collaboration, and empathetic exchange.

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Tim K. Johnson: Composer

The composer and pianist, Tim johnson (@Tim.k.johnson), is pretty rad. After finishing his MFA at CalArts, he recorded three albums of original music with his group Gestalt @musicbygestalt, the third of which will be releasing later this year. Their music can be described as a progressive rock piano trio, with a bit of a classical side to it (lots of arpeggios). Also with Gestalt, Tim recently composed and recorded music for their first feature film-score “Now and Again,” (@nowandagaindoc) also to be released this year. Red Velvet, Tim’s most recent project with Gestalt, will be his second short film score with the group, and the project has produced music which has pushed the group into an entirely new direction in sound and genre.

Helen Bell: Production Designer

Helen is an artist and designer working in the beautiful and currently very hot and sunny LA. After getting her BFA in digital art, design, and film, she followed her best friend to pursue a career in the LA film and television art departments. She has worked in live action including Dimension 20, Mom, Bob❤️Abishola, the friends reunion and she most recently has pursued a move to the animation industry, currently working for Rick and Morty in design.

Melissa Zhuang: Art Director

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Collaborating is Caring

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